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  • gsaw
    Article: Jul 6, 2020


    You may have seen David Wood's summary ( here) yesterday of work underway at Suffolk County Council to address issues arising from the Covid pandemic. It illustrates the importance of Local Government in peoples every day life


    Although it may still seem a long way off we are now looking at the process of selecting candidates for the County Council elections in May 2021.

  • ppde (By Tr00st This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
    Article: Jul 3, 2020

    A couple of weeks ago we featured an article from Liberal Democrat councillor David Busby exploring options for the development of Sudbury town centre see . Here he updates the latest position


    You would imagine that there are enough signals to pause and rethink the plans for Sudbury. The hotel and restaurant company have pulled out of Belle Vue (thank goodness), no cinema chain is interested in Hamilton Road, town centres are dying because of their over reliance on retail and we face an uncertain future thanks to CoVid19.

  • mcts (By Ivor Branton, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15905144)
    Article: Jul 3, 2020
    By Councillor David Wood

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group has called on Suffolk County Council to publicly oppose EDF Energy's proposed Sizewell C development and retract any 'in principle' support for nuclear power.

    To date, Suffolk County Council has been supportive of the principle of nuclear power and Sizewell C, and has simply registered concerns with the specific proposals put forward by EDF Energy. However, the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group has now submitted a motion to the Council meeting on Thursday 9 July 2020, asking the County Council to fundamentally reconsider its position.

    Cllr David Wood, the Liberal Democrat representative for Penninsular Division proposer of the motion and Chair of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB), commented:
    "I am very concerned by the impact that Sizewell C will have on the Suffolk countryside, particularly the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. As well as the environmental damage, there are countless other problems with nuclear power as an energy source, including the risks of storing waste material.

    "Suffolk County Council agreed to support the principle of nuclear power back in 2007 and hasn't reconsidered its position since. We are calling on the current Council members to recognise that the world has changed since then - and its time our position changed too."

    The motion will be proposed by Cllr David Wood and seconded by Cllr Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw. The full motion reads:

    "This Council is concerned about the severe environmental impact of Sizewell C on the Suffolk countryside, including the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, and the negative economic implications for the tourism and hospitality industries that will accompany this.

    In addition, this Council notes the inherent problems with nuclear power as a source of energy. Renewable technologies are better alternatives to nuclear, from both an environmental and financial perspective, and funding and time should be invested in these energy sources instead.

    Therefore, this Council removes any 'in principle' support for nuclear power and agrees to oppose EDF Energy's development of Size

  • ppde (By Tr00st This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
    Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Councillor David Busby

    With the decision not to proceed with the hotel and restaurant at the Belle Vue swimming pool site Liberal Democrat councillor David Busby has been looking at what alternatives there are for Sudbury in a post Covid world. His report is below. If you have any comments or suggestions you want to make to David he would be happy to hear from you. Please contact him at david.busby@babergh.gov.uk

  • dw
    Article: Apr 14, 2020

    David Wood the Liberal Democrat Suffolk Councillor for Peninsular has just posted an update of actions underway at the Couny Council. You can see his full report here https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-suffolk-councillor-david-wood

    To read the article, click local news / Peninsular division

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Apr 13, 2020

    Wth the Covid 19 lockdown still in place Bryn Hurren the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Box Vale gives an update on what is happening locally. Please go to https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-councillor-bryn-hurren

  • key
    Article: Mar 4, 2020

    1. Dave Busby Liberal Democrat Councillor for Copdock and Washbrook is often asked why it seems planning applications are invariably agreed. To give an insight into how the process works Dave has put together the summary below which illustrates why one recent application was rejected

    The Babergh Planning Committee recently decided upon an application for 45 houses in Bentley. What were the factors that made them refuse the application in line with the officer's recommendation? We all know that we have to build more houses but the burden is falling disproportionally on those villages surrounding Ipswich. Wolsey Grange about 1100, Capel St Mary 750, Copdock 250, East Bergholt 250 and Bentley about 50. All with no promise of any improvement in road infrastructure and cuts in bus services.

    This application had many things counting against it as outlined in the officers report:

  • Article: Oct 27, 2019

    One of our local members writes regularly to our local MP about issues of the day. Whilst not everything written necessarily reflects Party policy, it nonetheless is an interesting commentary on current events. His other letters can be found at https://www.dearjames.uk/

    Dear James,
    It was all so well planned. There would be warning ads and commemorative coins to celebrate October 31st when Boris would win his great prize. But it was not to be. Haven't we been here before? Anyone remember Mrs May?
    Instead, last week we saw Boris visiting hospitals or sitting, out-sized in mini-sized chairs, in primary schools. In the hospitals he is jacket-less and wears the regulation, rolled up sleeves while his efforts to summon up the energy to speak to the staff and patients are betrayed by a look of desperation bordering on bemusement. You can sense his minders somewhere out of camera saying, 'Come on Bojo. Bear up! One last push!' In the schools he is more smartly dressed as he strains to show interest amongst the chalk and crayons to the eager young eyes that look up to this strange figure from a place called Westminster. Young eyes not yet old enough to see the emptiness of his presence and the guile of his intentions. For Boris is in election mode even as on Friday he cancelled his Commons Liaison Committee appearance for the third time. Like Cummings, already in contempt for failing to answer a summons to appear before a select committee, Boris does not see himself as accountable to parliament but only to himself. He must be seen to be Prime Ministerial even if it is just to primary school kids and grateful NHS patients.
    Boris is now in full survival mode, James. As the 'Do or Die' deadline approaches, (4 days 12 hours, thirty minutes and twenty seconds) Bojo has lost his mojo and knows he must distract the population from the failure of his bling and bluster strategies of the last three months. The thing to remember is that politics, to Boris, is all about game playing. For him, life is a sport and sport is about moving the pieces, deceiving the opposition, doing whatever it takes to win. He does not know what it means to be responsible other than being responsible to himself alone. Boris is of a type. Born to rule those around him, he is Trump, he is Dutarte, he is Mussolini. The man is genetically and profoundly autocratic. Life is to be played and the reward is position and adulation. Except that these things are now disappearing before his eyes. Boris is in deep trouble.
    On Friday he was insisting that he had won approval for his 'new deal'. He had not. It was only a Second Reading. Parliament had insisted on much more time to scrutinize the deal and he had refused to timetable it and had therefore 'paused' the operation. What was he afraid of? The detailed scrutiny that would have demolished the 'deal' which avoided the previous Irish Backstop by effectively cutting Northern Ireland off from the UK? Now, instead, Boris was demanding an election on December 12th. Except that he had long ago engineered his own minus 45 seat minority in that parliament and so Parliament would not play ball. What rotters! What bounders! The whole lot of them should be defenestrated forthwith!
    So for the moment Boris continues to hold on to the threat of a no-deal exit until the EU decides this week on the exact length of an extension to Article 50. If you don't accept an election, said the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, the government would simply 'go on strike' and lay motions "again and again" until other parties agree to go to the polls. You can see the picture, Parliament is blocking Boris's deal. MPs are the scoundrels in a 'Zombie Parliament'. To quote Geoffrey Cox. 'Parliament is dead'!
    Parliament is not dead. It is very much alive and kicking. Boris is swinging in the breeze. Whatever trust he had, has gone. Yesterday the FT revealed a leak showing the UK government willing to consider divergence from EU standards on labour rights despite the EU's requirement for a level playing field. Another deception. Like his attempt at a five week prorogation of parliament, like his three day 'scrutiny of his 'new deal', like his abandonment of the DUP - the list of betrayals goes on.
    So as Boris pulls the ads, junks the coins and, in schoolrooms and NHS wards around the country, sits out the dying hours of his 'do or die' strategy, I have one question for you James. Would you trust Boris Johnson with your kids or doctors, let alone your nation?
    I wouldn't. And neither would the vast majority of responsible people in our country.
    Such a pity!